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Peruzzi style Italian Deco 800 silver griffin Pendant Necklace

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Attached to an ornate chain with fluted beads, floral and della Robbia “swaddled baby” links this early 20th c. Italian silver pendant features a mighty griffin held among flowering vines in a round frame. Renaissance Revival jewelry of this type were very popular with European and American visitors to Italy returned home with them as mementos of their Grand Tour. Though our example is not signed for maker, it is very well made, with good detail in the pendant’s casting that allows the mythical creature to emerge from its surroundings and a great sampling of the genre’s best link motifs forming the long chain…   Size/Weight: pendant is just shy of 1 1/2″ in diameter and adds a 1 3/4″ drop to the chain; chain itself is 25 3/4″ long (please note that there is no clasp – the chain is continuous but long enough to allow you to slip...

Flli Coppini Italian 800 silver cross Pendant Necklace ~ Renaissance Revival

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One of the two most famous and sought after names in the field of early 20th c. Italian Renaissance Revival jewelry, the Coppini Bros were based in Florence and have been active in jewelry making since 1740. The hallmarks and quality of the casting in this cross pendant necklace date it, I believe, in the opening decades of the 20 c., a time during which Coppini creations were favored by American travelers as mementos of their Grand Tour. Generous in size, with its original chain comprised of stylized floral links, the pendant necklace seems to have been gilded initially – traces of the gold plating are just registering to the naked eye (under the studio lights and through the macro lens they become more obvious). Yet I prefer the set as it is today, with the ghost of mellowed gilding bestowing upon the 800 silver a glow that bespeaks its long, no doubt rich, life…  ...

39″ long Peruzzi Italian silver Roma Chain Necklace

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Superb Italian silver “Roma” chain necklace from the first decades of the 20th c., the quality of this piece makes me believe that it is indeed a Peruzzi or at least a Coppini creation (their chain necklaces are never hallmarked as such). A generous “rope” necklace, it is comprised of twist-rope chain lengths interrupted by fluted melon and round beads and has four figural charms, all representing symbols or monuments of the Eternal City. Luxurious, it can be worn alone, combined with other vintage chain necklaces in your … neck mess or you can try it with a favorite pendant. Whichever your choice, the result will always be irresistible…   Size / Weight: 39″ long (this is a continuous strand); 39.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker (I am making my attribution based on quality since neither Peruzzi nor Coppini chains are ever...

Italian Deco silver and chrysoprase Pin / Brooch Pendant ~ Peruzzi style Renaissance Revival

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Not signed for maker nor place of origin yet undoubtedly an Italian piece from the opening decades of the 20th c. this big, bold, ornate combination pin/pendant displays the quality and attention to detail signed Peruzzi pieces from the same period are known and sought after for. The delicate wirework of the cruciform body is so carefully finished and the beaded accents around the bezel-set stone perfect. The chrysoprase cab itself, magically translucent, looks like a piece of old-fashioned mint candy. I am at a loss as to why the maker did not sign such a delicate, gorgeous creation. Wear it as a pin or combine it with your favorite vintage chain to enjoy as a spectacular necklace…   Size/Weight: 2 1/2″ tall (without the bail) by 2″ wide; with the bail it will add a 2 3/4″ drop to your chain; 22.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor hallmarked...

long Peruzzi Italian Renaissance Revival silver Chain Necklace with carnelian beads

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Made in the opening decades of the 20th c. this Italian Renaissance Revival exuberant chain necklace is made of silver and adorned with filigree and carnelian beads. Though unsigned its quality leads me to believe that it was most probably made by the Peruzzi Bros. Peruzzi jewelry are always marked yet not when it comes to their long chains whether they were sold alone or accompanying pendants. What attracts me about this piece is not only its luxurious length but also the beautiful filigree work in the silver beads and the ornate caps that hold the carnelians in place. Graduated in size the stones themselves look like candy, their semi-translucence showing interesting inclusions and delicate color variation…   Size/Weight: 42 1/8″ long; 73.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker (see above for attribution) nor hallmarked for metal quality yet tested and guaranteed...